ASR Digital Archive


POSTPONED: New date is TBD

An NSF Workshop: Who Gets Accepted and Who Gets Rejected in ASR Using the Digital Archive

Are you interested in the process of scientific knowledge production? The American Sociological Association/George Mason University have created a digital archive containing 21 years of materials from the American Sociological Review (ASR), including manuscripts, both accepted and rejected, reviews, and author information in a format that can be easily analyzed. We have just received a second National Science Foundation grant to hold a two-day workshop in June 2020 so that researchers can acquire training and do hands on work, under the eyes of the archive creators. Participants may receive up to a $1,000 stipend for travel, lodging, and meals, depending on their location.

Unlike most data sets used to examine changes in disciplines, the digital archive includes both accepted and rejected manuscripts and reviewers’ comments. Some of the questions that participants can answer include: How have the race, ethnicity, and gender of those who submitted manuscripts changed over the 21-year period?  Are there changes in the characteristics of those whose manuscripts have been accepted? How have the topic areas changed during that same period? How has the ratio of accepted to rejected manuscripts changed for each demographic group and each topic? Does the gender and race of the reviewer affect acceptance or rejection rates? What are the institutions of the accepted and rejected authors? We hope that an edited volume will emerge from this workshop.

Workshop Dates: TBD

Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Eligibility Requirements

The workshop is open to sociology graduate students, PhDs including all levels of faculty, and employees at other research institutes.

Please let us know if you are interested in participating by clicking here or copy and paste into your browser.

Please direct any questions to Bobbie Spalter-Roth ( and Jim Witte (